Alveoplasty – a Big Word But What is It?

When you lose some of your teeth, it can cause some problems with the jawbone and how they rub against the gums. This can cause problems with your dentures. In many cases, the irregularity of your bone structures can cause constant pain when using dentures, and can continue to do so as time wears the bone over the closed holes left by extracted teeth from gums. To avoid this, one of the best practices being used is alveoplasty.

Alveoplasty sounds like a big word, but it’s a simple procedure done by many general dentists or oral surgeons to even the irregular points and holes left when your tooth is extracted. These uneven parts on the jawbones will be smoothened using files and dental drills. Alveoplasty is commonly done to put in dentures, and especially to make it easier for them to fit. It may be done some time after the tooth has been extracted, or if the dentist notices if tooth extraction can cause some problems.

The number of teeth that can be removed can range from one to a higher number. Most general dentists will use only local anesthesia, but enough that removal of the teeth and the minor surgery won’t be painful. In some hospitals, though, they may require a general anesthesia. When your surgeon has made sure that the area is numb enough, some tooth may or may not be removed (remember to talk to your surgeons about this!). Then, the gum is incised, enough for the dentist to expose the part of the jawbone that needs to be smoothened. These surgeons know exactly how much bone to remove so your dentures will be comfortable, and will quickly clean the particles that were left. After that, the gum will be stitched and allowed to heal.

Aftercare is as important as preparing for the surgery itself. Because alveoplasty deals with changes on the bone, you’ll likely experience pain on the area itself. Swelling is also common, but can be kept at a minimum by applying ice over the area. Give the bone and the stitches some time to heal. The stitches will likely heal faster, but the jawbone will take time. To prevent infection, ask your dentist about antibiotics you can take, and also eat soft foods. Avoid opening your stitches and get specific care information from your dentist, especially based on your own case.

Hundreds of alveoplasty surgery is being practiced everyday. It’s a convenient way to make sure that your gums will not thin and deteriorate as it constantly grinds on the jutted point of your jawbone. You’ll be able to use your dentures comfortably, and you also won’t have to worry about the food you eat wearing down your gums and eventually causing infection that may sink to your jawbone. Alveoplasty is a preventive measure, but it can also be the best way for you to go back to the things you’ve always enjoyed without worrying on your performance.

For more information, you can always consult with your nearest oral surgeon. Don’t be afraid to ask about the risks and the post-surgery care.